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How to raise happily productive kids
Dona Matthews Ph.D.
Some kids are explosive, easily frustrated, and chronically inflexible. You can turn things around by learning to look at their challenging behavior as a clue to skills deficits.
The surprising secret to fixing your family is to start with yourself.
By focusing on a child's strengths and developing expertise, a Talent Record can keep curiosity and love of learning alive into adulthood.
Kids who develop a positive sleep identity are healthier, happier, more academically successful, and more creative than others. Parents can help make that happen.
Giftedness is not innate. But it does develop, and kids who are intellectually advanced need special learning opportunities that match their ability.
Optimal Match offers an evidence-based solution to meet gifted learning needs equitably.
Categorizing kids by IQ is not the best way to decide who needs gifted education. Better to look for mismatches between ability, subject by subject, and the usual curriculum.
Having a child with ADHD or a spirited temperament can lead to family chaos and disconnection. Here are three simple tips that, once they become habits, can change everything.
Conventional gifted education has been described as elitist and racist. Optimal Match meets gifted learning needs and encourages gifted learning more broadly.
This fall, there will be more disparities among kids than ever. Optimal Match helps teachers figure out where kids are at, and give them what they need to take it from there.
It's tempting to fit kids into categories (e.g., "autistic," "gifted") but there is more variation within each category than between categories. Best to see each child as unique.
The secrets of raising smart kids are surprisingly simple—starting with taking good care of yourself and loving your child with all your heart. The rest really follows.
The optimal match approach works well not only for understanding and meeting gifted learning needs, but is also a more inclusive way of providing gifted education.
By being present for a grandchild, you can become a difference-maker who transforms their possibilities and future pathways.
We can benefit from infusing our understandings of baseball, teaching, and learning with Indigenous perspectives through the process of “two-eyed seeing.”
Support your child’s curiosity, confidence, resilience, and creativity, and you are doing your part for our collective survival. Here’s how to do that.
This is an inspiring book for kids aged 6 to 9 about the importance of standing up against racism. Set during the Holocaust, it's the story of a bystander who took heroic action.
As the pandemic continues its devastation, it can be hard to stay positive. Help your child through it by focusing on ways to work together to make the world a better place.
Bullied kids have more emotional and behavioral problems, and fewer friends, than others. But warm parents, close siblings, and a positive family atmosphere all have the power to lead to better outcomes.
A friendly "Hello!" can make a difference. Your child is more resilient and your parenting is better when you live in a neighborhood where social connections are valued.
Ten recommendations for being a better parent by worrying less, and enjoying yourself and your family more.
Self-control in childhood leads to improved chances for health, wealth, and happiness later. Here are eight ways parents can support a child’s self-control.
How does day care affect children's development? Researchers have identified the problems and benefits of day care quality and quantity and have recommendations for parents.
Cannabis use in adolescence is seriously problematic, with implications both for short-term and long-term harm.
Part 1 of a review series on "The Origins of You," an important new book reporting findings on the development of 4,300 children over four decades.
If your child is learning at home, help them set up a space conducive to learning. And if it just doesn’t work, here are some thoughts on coping with that.
Friends are urgently important to your teen. No wonder they find it so hard to socially distance and wear a mask. Here are 10 suggestions for helping them—and you—stay safe.
Ten suggestions to make pandemic homeschooling a time of self-discovery, creativity, and relationship-building, as well as some academic learning,
It’s a tricky moment for many families as they consider back-to-school decisions. Here’s an account of one mother’s analysis of her decision to send her kids back to school.
Here are some risk reduction factors to consider in pandemic school decision-making, and suggestions for making it through this school year as healthy and happy as possible.